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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 503-95
September 15, 1995

DoD PRESENTS MILITARY SERVICES

COMMUNITY DRUG AWARENESS AWARDS

The Department of Defense announced today the winners of the fifth annual Secretary of Defense "Military Services Community Drug Awareness Award."

The Award recognizes the best of community outreach drug demand reduction programs from each of the military services and the National Guard. This year's winners include: Army - Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Marine Corps - Marine Corps Logistics Base, Camp Pendleton, California; Navy - Naval Alcohol Rehabilitation Center at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida; Air Force - Robins AFB, Georgia; National Guard Bureau - Arizona National Guard.

Counterdrug demand reduction programs are designed to provide drug abuse education and assistance to military members, their dependents, and nearby civilian communities. An Awards ceremony, hosted by Deputy Secretary of Defense John White, was held today at the Pentagon. Assisting with the presentations were Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Allen Holmes and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Drug Enforcement Policy and Support Brian Sheridan. Representatives from each of the winning installations were present to receive the Awards.

A description of each Services' program is attached.

Winners of the 1995 Secretary of Defense Military Service Community Drug Awareness Award

Army

Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell

Human Resource Division ADAPCP

Fort Campbell, Kentucky

"Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program"

Activity Description: The Fort Campbell "Youth Drug Demand Reduction Program"

is a multi-disciplinary and comprehensive prevention and education approach to community drug demand reduction. Through the establishment of stronger partnership coalitions with surrounding communities, the men and women of Fort Campbell are placing great emphasis on the target population thus reducing the demand for drugs in the community.

Marine Corps

Marine Corps Base

Camp Pendleton, California

"Community Substance Abuse Outreach Program"

Activity Description: Camp Pendleton's Community Substance Abuse Outreach Program is a multi-faceted program that brings together assets form marine and community service organizations to combat substance abuse in Camp Pendleton's neighboring communities. Through activities such as D.A.R.E., Neighborhood Watch Programs, Safety Fairs and track meets/bike rodeos, Camp Pendleton's anti-drug message maintained continual visibility throughout the base and local community. The capstone of this year's Outreach Program was the annual Red Ribbon Campaign which was concluded with a "Drug Free Carnival" that drew over 1500 attendees.

Navy

Naval Alcohol Rehabilitation Center

Naval Air Station

Jacksonville, Florida

"Children's Anti-Drug Use Campaign"

Activity Description: The NAS Jacksonville community outreach programs are specifically designed to focus on raising the level of anti-drug awareness among children, families and the community at large. Through focused efforts including an "anti-Drug Use Book Cover Contest" and participation in the Treatment Taskforce of the Coalition for a Drug and Crime Free Jacksonville, staff members introduce brief scientific facts, health consequences, legal consequences, and lost career opportunities that can result from drug involvement.

Air Force

HQ AFRES

Robin AFB, GA

"Band of the Air Force Reserve Drug Free Program"

Activity Description: The Air Force Reserve Band of Robins AFB, GA, is a world-renowned musical group that features popular music, energetic performers, celebrity videotape segments, and high-tech lighting effects to create an effective demand reduction program for elementary and middle school students. Through the presentation of a strong anti-drug message within the context of a fun-filled show, this program has been highly effective in motivating young people to stay drug free.

National Guard Bureau

Arizona National Guard

Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force

"Supporting People in Neighborhoods (SPIN)

Activity description: Supporting People in Neighborhoods, SPIN, is a comprehensive program using both Army and Air National Guardsmen assigned to the Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force. The SPIN program acts as a force multiplier, coordinating with Law Enforcement and Community-based organizations, integrating drug supply and demand reduction efforts into a very effective anti-drug message.